“Metaphors of Data” reading list

With generous contributions from the Social Media Collective extended family, I have put together a list that brings together academic and popular writing on metaphors of data, along with pieces that approach questions of data and commercial/political power. The goal in assembling this list was to catalog resources that are helpful in unpacking and critiquing different metaphors, ranging from the …

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New special issue of JOBEM: “Old Against New, or a Coming of Age? Rethinking Broadcasting in an Era of Electronic Media”

A little over a year ago, JOBEM editor Zizi Papacharissi approached me, R. Stuart Geiger (UC Berkeley) and Stacy Blasiola (University of Illinois at Chicago) with the idea of a JOBEM special issue hat would be edited and authored by graduate students. We were excited to accept the invitation and set out for the adventure. The …

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Lectio Precursoria: Interpersonal Boundary Regulation in the Context of Social Network Services

Interpersonal boundary regulation constitutes of the efforts needed to make the world work, that is, for people to achieve contextually desirable degrees of social interaction and to build and sustain their relations with others and with the self. In my dissertation, I examined the topic in the context of social network services.  I defended the …

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Account Sharing in the Context of Networked Hospitality Exchange

When it comes to designing web services, an individual user is often taken as the starting point. In many cases, it's a good, practical assumption to make. It can, however, prove to be problematic when it comes to the so called 'sharing economy' where people share resources, such as physical space and tangible items, with …

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Old Against New, or a Coming of Age? Rethinking Broadcasting in an Era of Electronic Media

In exciting news, Stacy Blasiola, R. Stuart Geiger and I are announcing a call for papers for a Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media Special Issue. Please pass on to your networks, or even better, send us an abstract. Call for Papers Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media Special Issue Old Against New, or a …

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Measuring Networked Social Privacy

Xinru Page, Karen Tang, Fred Stutzman and I are organizing a two-day workshop on measuring networked social privacy at the CSCW 2013 conference next spring. We are inviting researchers from diverse backgrounds to come and work with us on what would it look like to "measure" networked social privacy in rigorous, productive ways. Please pass …

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Elephants and Murky Waters: Why We Need to Examine Multiple Social Media Sites

Elephants and Murky Waters: Why We Need to Examine Multiple Social Media Sites In her recent post on the Cyborgology blog, Jenny Davis brought the pervasive use of Facebook as a study site back into conversation. In brief, she argued that “studying Facebook—or any fleeting technological object—is not problematic as long as we theorize said object”. The …

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